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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex / Levine, Langridge, Quivar, Et Al

Release Date: 06/19/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 435872   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  James MorrisJan-Hendrik RooteringDonald KaaschJules Bastin,   ... 
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraChicago Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex was written for the twentieth anniversary of the Diaghilev company, but his only recorded comment on the work was an uncomplimentary "C'est ennuyeux". I'm not sure that Levine's new recording, for all its undoubted qualities, superb ensemble and high finish, would have changed his mind. That said, it has several assets which set it apart from the competing versions discussed in some detail in the March issue. Chief among these are the narration of Jules Bastin, bravely venturing on to Cocteau's turf for a genuinely dramatic evening's work, and, above all, the singing of Philip Langridge in the title-role. This is an Oedipus to outshine modern rivals, uncommonly accurate and ideally expressive. I Read more noted one patch of imprecise intonation, but when at length Oedipus recognizes the truth, Langridge is unassailable: the key words "Lux facta est!" are quite sublimely sung. Inevitably, Florence Quivar's Jocasta is no match for Jessye Norman's imperious assumption on the Ozawa set, but her idiosyncratically opulent voice has rarely come across more sympathetically on disc."

-- Gramophone [5/1994]
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Works on This Recording

Oedipus rex by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  James Morris (Bass Baritone), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass), Donald Kaasch (Tenor),
James Morris (Tenor), Jules Bastin (Spoken Vocals), Florence Quivar (Mezzo Soprano),
Philip Langridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1927; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1991 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago 
Length: 51 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: The text is narrated in french. 

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